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Friend arrested after 73-year-old woman dies in Gresham crash

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A 73-year-old woman who either fell or was ejected from her friend's car was subsequently struck by another car in Gresham late Wednesday night.

Peggy Jennen, of Oregon City, died from her injuries.

Gresham police said they responded to 911 calls about a crash at Northwest Division Street and Bella Vista Place around 11:40 p.m. The first reports from the scene said Jennen may have fallen out of a car driven by 52-year-old Lisa Wilson. Jennen was lying in the intersection, the reports said.

Curtis Kato, who was on his way home from work and behind the wheel of his 1991 Nissan Sentra, was driving in the slow lane and struck Jennen.

Kato remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Police said he wasn't under the influence of intoxicants and the speed of his car wasn't a factor in the fatal crash.

However, Jennen's friend had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, police said. Officers arrested her on charges of criminally negligent homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

The East County Vehicular Crimes Team is still trying to determine how and why Jennen was ejected from the passenger side of Wilson's 1999 Volkswagen Passat. Wilson was rounding a turn from Division Street to Bella Vista Place when Jennen was ejected, police said.

Kami Hobbs, who lives near the crash scene, said she spoke with Wilson after the crash.

"Her statement was she was opening the door to get out the car because she was mad and they just got in a fight," said Hobbs. "So that would be a horrible way to lose a friend."

Wilson, who has no prior arrests for driving under the influence, has been released from the Multnomah County Jail.

Jennen's husband told Fox 12 Thursday that his wife was best friends with Wilson and they used to work together.

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